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-- outgoing secretary of defense leon panetta conceding that there had been a real internal debate and that most of the president's national security advisers wanted to arm the rebels in syria. >> did you support the recommendation by then secretary of state clinton and then head of cia general petraeus that we provide weapons to the resistance in syria? did you support that? >> we did. >> you did support that? >> we did. >> you were in that region this week, martha raddatz. it was pretty surprising to learn not only secretary panetta but secretary of state clinton had pushed for this. the president said no. >> and the chairman of the joint chief of staffs. i think that came as a surprise to those in the region, and i talked to a lot of officials in the region about this. i don't think they're convinced that if the rebels were armed this would have changed much. a lot of the people i talked to said, look, we didn't know who they were then and there was actually some disagreement -- >> the rebels. >> military -- the rebels. we just don't know who they are. we admit we shouldn't have
panetta revealed the first time there was a plan in place to arm rebels in syria. but that plan was vetoed by the white house, over worries the weapons might fall into the wrong hands. more than 60,000 people have died in the civil war in syria. >>> and still to come on this busy friday morning, the very latest on the blizzard watch in the northeast. a storm that's on the move right now. >>> and then, did facebook break the internet. a software buzz last night left millions seeing error messages. >>> and the good news here at abc. robin roberts' return, now just a few days away. >>> and welcome back. there is more evidence this morning of a recovery in the jobs market. the number of americans filing new applications for unemployment benefits last week was down by 5,000. more importantly, the 4-week average is down, too, to just over 350,000. that's the lowest level in five years. job creation is still lackluster, though. but the pace of layoffs is decreasing. >>> the internal revenue service says it is cracking down on identity theft. criminals use stolen identities to file fraudulent tax
-highest medal for valor. and is usually awarded for heroic action on the battlefield. defense secretary panetta says it recognizes the current realities of war. >>> another drug tunnel between the u.s. and mexico has been shut down. this one was discovered in southern arizona. police say the crude, hand-dug tunnel is about 68 feet long and approximately 2 feet wide. more than 1,200 pounds of pot was found inside. >>> with that, a look, now, at weather across the country on this valentine's day morning. south florida could see some thunderstorms. the rest of the east coast should be pretty pleasant. atlanta and new orleans dry out after four days of rain. and carnival. ski resorts in the northern rockies get another foot of snow. >> temperatures in the northeast are leaning more towards spring than winter. boston is in the mid-40s. warmer-than-usual in the southwest, with dallas close to 70. if you want a warm valentine's day, head on over to miami. it's 82 degrees. >> not a bad call. that's a sexy city. not a bad holiday. >>> well, they've been staying out of the spotlight for a week. but today
's revenge campaign against the lapd left four people dead, including two cops. >>> leon panetta will remain the defense secretary for at least a few more days. republicans in the senate have blocked a vote on chuck hagel's nomination. and since congress is in recess for the president's day holiday, the next time the nomination can be taken up is a week from monday. president obama accused republicans of playing politics. but they deny it. >>> and also, senator frank lautenberg makes it official. he will not run for his current term. he is the oldest member of the senate. he will not seek a sixth term. that eliminates a primary battle between newark, new jersey, mayor, cory booker. he's announced his intent to run for the senate in december. >>> and rahm emanuel is reportedly considering a white house run in 2016. "the daily beast" says imew ema would run if hillary clinton does not. emanuel used to be president obama's chief of staff, in addition to working in the clinton white house, as well. we just had the inauguration. already, the chatter about 2016. >> throwing it in. >> it's always t
killed four people, including two officers in his revenge campaign against the lapd. >>> leon panetta will still be the defense secretary, at least for a few more days. republicans in the senate have blocked a vote on chuck hagel's nomination. and since congress is in recess for the president's day holiday, the next time the nomination can be taken up is a week from monday. president obama accused republicans of simply playing politics, charges they deny. >>> also one more political note. the oldest lawmaker in the senate has announced he will not run again. new jersey's frank lautenberg turned 89 last month. the last world war ii veteran serving in the senate. he faced a likely challenge from the mayor of newark, new jersey, cory booker. the senator has been a staunch advocate of gun control and a big champion of the amtrak rail system. >>> another lawmaker in the news. congressman steve cohen says the young woman he was tweeting with during today's state of the union address was his secret daughter. he said he only discovered her existence three years ago after receiving a tweet fro
. >> closely to intervening in civil war, leon panetta has revealed that he and former secretary of state hillary clinton wanted to arm the rebels trying to topple the syrian president. but the white house said no. >>> an suv through a front window, quick reaction, jumping over the bar. neither he nor the driver were seriously hurt. >>> finally a guy who's literally living on the edge. take a look at this skateboarder, it's a viral video, thanks to a wild and high-speed ride downhill. but, well the skateboarder in question in trouble this morning. police are looking in fact to arrest him because speed cameras set up on that street caught him at 68 miles per hour. >> whoo! >> please don't try that at home. >> thanks, josh. >>> now, to an abc news exclusive this morning. we have the first new video of 5-year-old ethan since that little boy was rescued after spending nearly a week held hostage in that underground bunker in alabama. s.w.a.t. teams got ethan out just in time to celebrate his birthday. and abc's david muir is just back from alabama with the first images of ethan. david, good mo
by his focus on that threat that we've heard so much about from leon panetta,wa. >> yeah, i was surprised by that, too, george, but that's become such a huge problem and that is an issue that americans really have not addressed. so, he addressed that tonight. and i think there will be action on that moving forward. one thing that also surprised me is he talked about transparency. we've had john brennan hearings this past week where they talked about drone strikes and they wanted more transparency about that. the president talked about transparency, but i don't think he ever used the word drone. so, i guess we're not quite as transparent as we might want to be at this moment. but also, what struck me is the wor words "by the end of next year, our war in afghanistan will be over." that's really two-year-ol years that's quite a statement. >> and can we all have a molt for desiline? 102 years old who stood in line, went away, came back, just so that she could vote. that was also quite a moment. >> everybody standing and cheering for her, as the president does leave the chamber. we're going to
more openness about that drone program. >>> outgoing defense secretary dee leon panetta has revealed for the first time that there was a plan in place to support rebels in syria. but that plan was eventually vetoed by president obama because of worries that the weapons might actually fall into the wrong hands. more than 60,000 people have died in syria's civil war. there's really -- i'm sorry. go ahead. >> by the way, i was just going to add to that civil war. it's cost that country the equivalent of $48 billion. >> wow. >> when you think about a war, our war obviously has cost us trillions of dollars. but a country that has no money, and they're relying on us for help, $48 billion is a lot of money. >> and the u.s. has already given syria about $210 million in aid to hopefully help those insurgents along to get assad out of office finally. but this issue of whether we arm them is one. how deeply should we be involved in other countries' affairs. after two wars and libya, maybe the country was not ready to get involved in another country. but the big issue is we put these arms in syr
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